Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (215)

John McGuinness

Question:

215. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in arranging an assessment with the autism team for a child (details supplied); and if the assessment will be expedited as requested by the child's general practitioner and public health nurse in view of the fact the child is waiting for a place with a service but must first complete the assessment. [52315/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.